|Name||Ark King Solomon Academy|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||14 May 2013|
|Address||Penfold Street, London, NW1 6RU|
|Number of Pupils||893 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||15.5|
|Academy Sponsor||Ark Schools|
|Percentage Free School Meals||42.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||73.5%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||8.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
King Solomon Academy is a much smaller than average all-through academy. The academy opened in 2007 with just 22 pupils in Reception. This year there are pupils in the primary phase from Nursery to Year 5. Secondary provision was introduced in 2009 and now there are Year 7 to Year 10 pupils. There are thus no pupils yet to whom the government’s floor standards (which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress) are relevant and no sixth form students. The academy does not make use of alternative provision. The percentage of pupils eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children looked after by the local authority and children with parents in the armed forces) is in the top 20% of schools nationally. The percentage of pupils from ethnic minority groups is also in the top 20% of schools nationally, as is the percentage of pupils who speak English as an additional language. An average proportion of pupils are supported by school action. The percentage of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational need is high.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. The academy’s mission, ‘To provide a rigorous and transformational education that prepares our pupils for success at university and beyond’ has become a reality at this outstanding academy. Endeavour, trust and concern for others prevail. The headteachers model excellence in their work and demonstrate determination, rigour, foresight and creativity. Leadership at all levels ensures an unyielding pursuit of excellence. Pupils, staff and parents are proud to be associated with the academy. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They are welcoming, courteous and polite to each other, staff and visitors at all times. Pupils thoroughly enjoy their learning, are happy and feel very safe. Pupils support each other’s learning very effectively. Achievement is outstanding at all key stages. All groups of pupils, including those who have special educational needs, make excellent progress. The academy is working to provide even greater challenge to the most-able pupils. Pupils’ progress is much higher than the national average, particularly in English and mathematics. The overall quality of teaching is outstanding. Teachers’ expert subject knowledge inspires pupils to be highly motivated, enthusiastic learners. There are slight inconsistencies in the quality of teachers’ marking. Academy leaders regularly analyse and review the performance of every pupil thus ensuring that any lack of progress is acted on quickly and effectively. Concern for the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is exceptional; it permeates all their activities. Governors are very knowledgeable and have an accurate view of the academy. They are supportive but not afraid to set demanding targets for leaders and staff. As a result, leaders and governors ensure that teaching and pupils’ achievement continue to improve. The academy’s significant links with other organisations (for example, City Year) have a highly positive impact on the academy.